The Saint James's Singers
Mozart Requiem and Haydn Theresienmesse
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The first concert of the 2018 season to be given by The Saint James’s Singers is a performance of Mozart’s Requiem and Haydn’s Theresienmesse.
The Requiem was Mozart’s final composition and is one of the greatest works of the choral canon. It was a commission from an unknown and mysterious client but remained uncompleted at his death on the 5 December 1791. Constanze, Mozart’s wife, who was anxious the work was completed so that the agreed fee would be paid, asked Franz Xaver Süssmayr to complete the work. For many years he was thought to have been a student of Mozart, but there is reason to think that the notion of such a relationship was concocted by Constanze in order to legitimise his completion of the Requiem. It is almost certain that Süssmayr used sketches set down by Mozart as the basis for completion.
Haydn spent much of his career as a court musician for the wealthy Esterházy family at their remote estate. Until the later part of his life, this isolated him from other composers and trends in music so that he was, as he put it, “forced to become original”. Haydn’s main duty as Kapellmeister to the Esterházy family was to compose an annual missa solemnis for the name day of the wife of Prince Nicolas II. The Maria Theresa Mass was the fourth in the series and was performed in the Eisenstadt Bergkirche on 8 September 1799. It acquired the name Theresienmesse in honour of Princess Marie Theresa, consort of the Emperor Franz II.